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American Flag Quilt Tutorial

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American Flag Quilt/Wall Hanging Tutorial

Create a patriotic quilt or wall hanging to celebrate the Land of the free, Home of the brave. The finished dimensions of this quilt/wall hanging are roughly 44 1/2″ x 63 1/2″. This rustic project will take 4-6 hours to complete. All fabric and notions are available on our website at www.SewingPartsOnline.com. Keep reading for instructions and links to each item needed to complete this project. 

ITEMS NEEDED

Along with typical sewing items like scissors, pins, iron/ironing board, and a rotary cutter/rotary board, you will need the following:

GENERAL NOTES

  • Read all instructions completely before continuing project.
  • Unless otherwise noted, all seam allowances are sewn at 1/4″.
  • When cutting fabric strips, a rotary cutter is recommended for accuracy and ease of use.
  • The use of an iron is suggested for this project, but it is not required.
  • The use of a quilting frame and long-arm quilt machine are shown in this tutorial but are not required. 

FABRIC - PREPARE TO CUT

CUT FABRIC

STEP 1: Of the Moda, Grunge Basics, Tan Fabric: Cut two: 3 1/2″ x 30 1/2″ strips and two: 3 1/2″ x 43 1/2″ strips.

STEP 2: Of the Moda, Grunge Basics, Maraschino Cherry Fabric: Cut two: 3 1/2″ x 36 1/2″ strips and four:  4 1/2″ x 25″ strips.

STEP 3: Of the Patriotic Stars Fabric in Navy: Cut two: 4 1/2″ x 44 1/2″ strips and four:
4 1/2″ x 28″ strips.

STEP 4: Of the 108″ Quilt Backing, Antique Stars, Red Fabric: Cut one 49 1/2″ x 68 1/2″ piece.

ASSEMBLE QUILT: STEP ONE

  • Align right sides of fabric on the long side of the flag panel and the 43 1/2″ strip of the Moda, Grunge Basics, Tan Fabric.
  • Make sure 1/4″ is overlapping the width on either side of the tan fabric.
  • Pin the fabric pieces together and sew along the seam.

ASSEMBLE QUILT: STEP TWO

  • Complete step one of “Assemble Quilt” again on the other side of the flag.
  • Open fabric on both sides and press with an iron to lay seams flat.

ASSEMBLE QUILT: STEP THREE

  • Align right sides of the shorter edge of the flag panel and the 30 1/2″ strip of the Moda Grunge Basics, Tan Fabric.
  • Pin the fabric pieces together and sew along the seam.
  • Complete this step once again on the other side of the flag.

ASSEMBLE QUILT: STEP FOUR

  • Open fabric on both sides and press with an iron to lay seams flat.
  • At this point, the flag quilt/wall hanging will look like this:

ASSEMBLE QUILT: STEP FIVE

  • Of the Moda, Grunge Basics, Maraschino Cherry Fabric, take two of the 3 1/2″ x 25″ strips and put right sides together.
  • Pin along the 3 1/2″ side and sew together.
  • Complete this step on the other two 3 1/2″ x 25″ strips.

ASSEMBLE QUILT: STEP SIX

  • Open sewn fabric strips and press with an iron to lay flat.

ASSEMBLE QUILT: STEP SEVEN

  • Take the combined 49″ strip and pin right sides together with the long side of the working flag quilt.
  • Make sure that 1/4″ is overlapping the width on either side of the cherry fabric.
  • Sew along the seam.
  • Complete this step on the opposite side of the flag.
  • Open fabric on both sides and iron seams flat.

ASSEMBLE QUILT: STEP EIGHT

ASSEMBLE QUILT: STEP NINE

  • Of the Patriotic Stars Fabric in Navy, take the two 4 1/2″ x 28″ strips and pin right sides together. 
  • Sew along the 4 1/2″ side. 
  • Complete this step for other 4 1/2″ x 28″ strips.
  • Open both sewn strips and press with an iron to lay flat.

ASSEMBLE QUILT: STEP TEN

  • Of the Patriotic Stars Fabric in Navy, take the 55″ strip and the working flag quilt and pin on the long side with right sides together.
  • Make sure 1/4″ is overlapping the width on either side of the navy fabric.
  • Sew along the seam.
  • Complete this on the other side.
  • Open both sides and press with an iron to lay flat.

ASSEMBLE QUILT: STEP ELEVEN

  • Take the Patriotic Stars Fabric in Navy 44 1/2″ strips and the working flag quilt and pin on the shorter side with right sides together.
  • Make sure 1/4″ is overlapping the width on either side of the navy fabric.
  • Sew along the seam.
  • Complete this step on the other side.
  • Open both sides and press with an iron to lay flat.
  • At this point, the flag quilt will look like this:

ADD QUILT BATTING/BACKING

  • Cut a piece of batting larger than your quilt (roughly 46″ x 65″). This will give you about 2″ of extra batting on all sides.
  • Lay your quilt on top of the batting, making sure to smooth out any bumps.
  • Pin the top quilt to the batting near the edges.
  • Sew the batting into place by sewing 1/4″ on the outer edge of the Patriotic Stars Fabric in Navy. 
  • Trim excess of batting so that only 3/4″ remains.
  • Lay the 108″ Quilt Backing, Antique Stars in Red Fabric down with the wrong side facing up. 
  • Lay the working quilt with the batting side down on top of the quilt backing fabric. Make sure to allow a 2 1/2″ overlap of the backing fabric on all sides of the quilt.
  • Use pins to keep the quilt in place. 
  • Fold 1″ of the quilt backing fabric over on every side and iron flat.
  • Fold another 1″ of the quilt backing over. Create clean corners by folding the ends at a “V” before pinning into place. 
  • The backing should be overlapping the quilt about 1/2″ at this point.
  • Sew close to the edge to finish.

FINISHED QUILT/WALL HANGING

If you like, you can add embellishments to the quilt/wall hanging.

The finished quilt pictured has free motion quilting added as an embellishment.

Click here to download your own printable instructions for this tutorial (PDF): American Flag Quilt/Wall Hanging Tutorial


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***Special thanks to Nancy Stevens for sewing this flag quilt/wall hanging.***

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1 comment

Nancy Stevens July 3, 2018 at 12:27 pm

I think it turned out really nice. I had a lot of fun putting it together. You will love hanging it up and showing it up to show it off.

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